South Carolina-based FN America beat out a crowd of other vendors to land a whale of a military contract for new M4s.
The company was awarded a $119,216,309 firm-fixed-price contract for a mix of two 5.56 NATO-caliber weapons– the M4 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0973, and M4A1 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0953. The contract, awarded by Picatinny Arsenal on behalf of Project Manager – Soldier Lethality (PM SL), was made public on Thursday and stemmed from a March 2019 solicitation for which six bids were submitted.
As detailed by the solicitation, “The M4/M4A1 Carbines provide the Department of Defense with compact, lightweight weapons that fire NATO 5.56mm ammunition from a 30-round magazine, mount the latest generation of fire control accessories and enablers, and provide increased protection and firepower in close quarters.”
The guns must be manufactured exclusively within the United States or its Territories, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 30, 2025.
To see how FN makes M4s for the military at their Columbia, South Carolina facility, check out our recent factory tour below. At the time of our visit, FN said they made roughly 500 M4s every day. After they’re test fired, they’re disassembled, cleaned, then reassembled and given a 101-point inspection. Then, they’re literally dipped in preservation oil and packaged 50 rifles to a large wooden crate.
Gonna be a lot more crates over the next several years.